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In Little League divisions other than the major baseball level, all Washington D.C. leagues compete in Maryland District 3, and advance through the Maryland tournament structure. In the major baseball division, the winner of the District 3 tournament (which encompasses only District of Columbia leagues) advances directly to the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament.
Senators d. Ward 8 National
Capital d. Inner City
Capitol City 6, Ward 7-6th District National 2
Winner's Bracket Semifinals:
Satchel Paige 9, Senators 5
Capitol City 25, Capital 0 (4 innings) (NO-HITTER)
Elimination Bracket - Round 1 (seven teams remain):
Ward 7-6th District National d. Inner City (elim.)
Elimination Bracket Quarterfinals (six teams remain):
Seantors d. Ward 7-6th District National (elim.)
Capital d. Ward 8 National (elim.)
Winner's Bracket Finals:
Capitol City 17, Satchel Paige 0 (4 innings) (NO-HITTER)
Elimination Bracket Semifinals (four teams remain):
Senators 12, Capital 2 (5 innings; elim.)
Elimination Bracket Finals (three teams remain):
Satchel Paige d. Senators (elim.)
Capitol City 10, Satchel Paige 0 (4 innings; TITLE) (NO-HITTER)
With apologies to Charles Dickens, it was the best of times and the worst of times for the Capitol City Little League all-star team in the 2004 international tournament.
Best, because Capitol City equaled its best-ever finish in the international tournament, finishing second in the pool competition phase of the Mid-Atlantic Region tournament before falling to eventual Little League World Series quarterfinalist South Caroline Little League (Preston, Maryland) in the semifinal round.
Worst, because prior to advancing to the region tournament, Capitol City did something unusual.
They allowed a hit.
"Worst", of course, is a relative concept when you've won seventeen consecutive District of Columbia championships and have outscored District opponents by a 237-8 margin on the field over a five year span. After two consecutive years in which Capitol City's opponents went hitless in every game, Ward 7/6th District Little League jumped on Capitol City for a hit and two runs in the first inning of their District of Columbia championship tournament opener at the Fort Lincoln Baseball Complex in Northeast Washington.
Enter Jeffrey Asuncion. The right-hander came on in relief at the start of the second inning, and struck out all fifteen batters he faced as Capitol City regrouped for a 6-2 victory.
Asuncion continued his stellar pitching throughout the international tournament, throwing a no-hitter and registering eleven of the game's twelve outs via strikeout in a 17-0 victory over Satchel Paige Little League later in the tournament. At the region tournament in Bristol, Connecticut, Asuncion allowed only one run in seventeen innings of work, while striking out 26 batters and walking only three. He won a pair of pool games, including a 1-0 decision over South Caroline that helped propel Capitol City to the top of the pool standings.
David Sneeringer's pitching performance was on the same level. The right-hander threw a pair of no-hitters in the District of Columbia tournament, blanking Capital Little League 25-0 in the winner's bracket semifinals and then clinching the title with a 10-0 win over Satchel Paige. Sneeringer later allowed only one earned run in eleven innings at the region tournament, and pitched a complete game in Capitol City's 3-2 win over eventual region runner-up Deep Run Valley Little League (Hilltown, Pennsylvania) in the teams' early round meeting. Sneeringer struck out eleven batters and issued just one walk in his region tournament outings. Capitol City's opponents batted only .176 at the region tournament, helping the Chevy Chase neighborhood league overcome its own .145 team batting average in a tournament dominated by quality pitching.
Capitol City also reached the region semifinals in 1999, when the District's champions topped the Mid-Atlantic portion of the Eastern Region tournament with a 3-2 pool record. Capitol City won its first elimination game before falling to eventual U.S. runner-up Toms River East American Little League (New Jersey) by an 8-6 score in extra innings.
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